Live chat with 'Jeopardy!' champ Stephanie Jass
12:59
Brian Wheeler: 
Good afternoon! We're talking to "Jeopardy!" champion Stephanie Jass for the next hour. Feel free to throw out your questions and comments.
Thursday October 18, 2012 12:59 Brian Wheeler
12:59
[Comment From Stephanie JassStephanie Jass: ] 
Hi, folks!
Thursday October 18, 2012 12:59 Stephanie Jass
1:00
[Comment From Leanne SmithLeanne Smith: ] 
Hi Stephanie. You had an amazing run on Jeopardy! Was it always a goal of yours to be on this show?
Thursday October 18, 2012 1:00 Leanne Smith
1:00
[Comment From Stephanie JassStephanie Jass: ] 
It was something I was very interested in when I was younger, but I didn't make it a bucket list item until recently!
Thursday October 18, 2012 1:00 Stephanie Jass
1:02
[Comment From Leanne SmithLeanne Smith: ] 
So it was your husband, Doug Baker, who encouraged you to try out for the show. How difficult was the process to get on the show?
Thursday October 18, 2012 1:02 Leanne Smith
1:02
Brian Wheeler: 
By the way, here's a little background music for those of you who are following along: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Wi8Fv0AJA4
Thursday October 18, 2012 1:02 Brian Wheeler
1:03
[Comment From Stephanie JassStephanie Jass: ] 
It's not easy. You take an online test, then if you pass that, you get invited to an in-person audition, and from there the producers pick about 400 people to play on the show. Lots of folks have been trying for years to get on the show; I feel pretty lucky to have made it!
Thursday October 18, 2012 1:03 Stephanie Jass
1:03
Brian Wheeler: 
Where was the audition?
Thursday October 18, 2012 1:03 Brian Wheeler
1:04
[Comment From Stephanie JassStephanie Jass: ] 
The audition in my case was in Toledo, but they have them at about 10 different locations around the country, too.
Thursday October 18, 2012 1:04 Stephanie Jass
1:04
Brian Wheeler: 
When was the audition? And after that, what happened next? Do they put you on a plane to California?
Thursday October 18, 2012 1:04 Brian Wheeler
1:05
[Comment From John BakerJohn Baker: ] 
Hey, how can I get in on this Jeopardy deal? : ). Seriously, so proud of you. I had a talk with Charlotte and Lilly this week about being a successful smart woman. They were very impressed. I also want to try that button Dad made.
Thursday October 18, 2012 1:05 John Baker
1:05
[Comment From Stephanie JassStephanie Jass: ] 
The online test was in March, the audition on May 1, and then I got a call from the producers on June 13 (my husband's birthday!). They asked if I could come out on July 31st, but I had to pay my own way out. Needless to say, I did :)
Thursday October 18, 2012 1:05 Stephanie Jass
1:06
[Comment From Barry HarmonBarry Harmon: ] 
How did you prepare for the show? Did you study? If so, how do you pick a subject?
Thursday October 18, 2012 1:06 Barry Harmon
1:06
[Comment From Stephanie JassStephanie Jass: ] 
John Baker, brothers-in-law aren't allowed to dominate on-line chats... ;)
Thursday October 18, 2012 1:06 Stephanie Jass
1:06
Brian Wheeler: 
Thanks, John! Whether you are related to Stephanie or not, feel free to ask questions.
Thursday October 18, 2012 1:06 Brian Wheeler
1:07
[Comment From Stephanie JassStephanie Jass: ] 
Barry, I DID study by reading about past winners. I also examined my own weaknesses and used past shows (j-archive.com!) to help figure out what questions had been asked in categories I was weak in. Reference books were helpful, too -- we actually hauled out the encyclopedias!
Thursday October 18, 2012 1:07 Stephanie Jass
1:08
[Comment From EdwardEdward: ] 
How long did it take to tape the seven shows you were on you did a good job
Thursday October 18, 2012 1:08 Edward
1:09
[Comment From Stephanie JassStephanie Jass: ] 
Edward, I taped shows 1-5 on Aug. 1st, and shows 6-8 on Aug. 7th. They tape in real time, so it took about 30 minutes a game, with about 15 minutes to change between games!
Thursday October 18, 2012 1:09 Stephanie Jass
1:09
[Comment From Sweet LouSweet Lou: ] 
So you have to pay your own way out there? Airfare, hotel, meals and all that?
Thursday October 18, 2012 1:09 Sweet Lou
1:10
[Comment From JoyceJoyce: ] 
Congratulations. You did an awesome job.
Thursday October 18, 2012 1:10 Joyce
1:11
[Comment From Stephanie JassStephanie Jass: ] 
You pay your own way there. You get a slight discount on a hotel and they spot you a breakfast or two, but it's almost all on your own dime. If you have to come back at the end of the week, they will pay your airfare to go home and come back.
Thursday October 18, 2012 1:11 Stephanie Jass
1:11
[Comment From Ryan PorteRyan Porte: ] 
Did playing the Arcadia Game help you prepare for the show? Just Kidding... very proud of you Step.
Thursday October 18, 2012 1:11 Ryan Porte
1:11
[Comment From Stephanie JassStephanie Jass: ] 
Thanks, Joyce!
Thursday October 18, 2012 1:11 Stephanie Jass
1:11
[Comment From Leanne SmithLeanne Smith: ] 
The Arcadia game? Can you explain that?
Thursday October 18, 2012 1:11 Leanne Smith
1:12
[Comment From Stephanie JassStephanie Jass: ] 
Ryan, you know darn well that all of my years of performing in various venues (Camp included!!) DID help me to feel comfortable in the spotlight. :)
Thursday October 18, 2012 1:12 Stephanie Jass
1:12
[Comment From Leanne SmithLeanne Smith: ] 
So Stephanie, I bet a lot of Jeopardy fans want to know what Alex Trebek is really like? Can you tell us?
Thursday October 18, 2012 1:12 Leanne Smith
1:12
[Comment From Stephanie JassStephanie Jass: ] 
Leanne, you may have heard me mention on the show that I had a talent show at my wedding...this is a reference to one of the acts in that talent show! :)
Thursday October 18, 2012 1:12 Stephanie Jass
1:13
Brian Wheeler: 
Just so folks know, we have more questions that have been asked that we have not "published" here yet. We'll get to them, I promise!
Thursday October 18, 2012 1:13 Brian Wheeler
1:14
[Comment From Stephanie JassStephanie Jass: ] 
Leanne, Alex is a very nice guy, or at least he was to me! :) He's extremely professional and serious on camera, but when he interacts with the audience during commercial breaks, he can actually be quite goofy. He loves his job, and is very good at it, and seemed to appreciate my enthusiasm for the show.
Thursday October 18, 2012 1:14 Stephanie Jass
1:14
[Comment From MLive commentorMLive commentor: ] 
First Question: You're far too young to remember the original host Art Fleming and now that Alex Trebek is nearing the end of his career.... Would you consider being the new Jeopardy host? (As a personal comment....You have what it takes!)
Thursday October 18, 2012 1:14 MLive commentor
1:14
[Comment From DJ MossmanDJ Mossman: ] 
Well done Stephanie. You've always been a winner in our eyes and still are.
Thursday October 18, 2012 1:14 DJ Mossman
1:15
[Comment From Stephanie JassStephanie Jass: ] 
Well, should they ever ask, I would LOVE that job! But I think that Ken Jennings probably has the first right of refusal on it...
Thursday October 18, 2012 1:15 Stephanie Jass
1:15
Brian Wheeler: 
Ken Jennings, for those who don't know, won more "Jeopardy!" games in a row that any contestant.
Thursday October 18, 2012 1:15 Brian Wheeler
1:15
[Comment From MaryAnn Unger & classMaryAnn Unger & class: ] 
Is the button hard to push - or hard to be the one to click in first?
Thursday October 18, 2012 1:15 MaryAnn Unger & class
1:17
[Comment From Stephanie JassStephanie Jass: ] 
Hi, MaryAnn! It's not really HARD to push, but it is bigger than you might expect, so it's a little unwieldy to handle. But the timing is the absolute trickiest part. You have a very small window to get in, and if you're too early, you're locked out.
Thursday October 18, 2012 1:17 Stephanie Jass
1:17
[Comment From EdwardEdward: ] 
So you was able to go home between Aug 1 then had to go back for Aug 7 shows
Thursday October 18, 2012 1:17 Edward
1:17
[Comment From ChrisChris: ] 
What did you do in LA when you weren't taping?
Thursday October 18, 2012 1:17 Chris
1:18
Brian Wheeler: 
Just curious: MaryAnn Unger & class: What class are you teaching, and where?
Thursday October 18, 2012 1:18 Brian Wheeler
1:19
[Comment From Stephanie JassStephanie Jass: ] 
To answer both Edward and Chris, I didn't go home -- my husband and I stayed and enjoyed some wonderful time in Southern California. We went to the Getty Museums, San Diego, La Jolla, Venice Beach -- everything but Disneyland, it seems! :) And we saw a bunch of summer movies we'd been wanting to see -- more fun to do that in Hollywood, right?
Thursday October 18, 2012 1:19 Stephanie Jass
1:19
[Comment From MaryAnn Unger & classMaryAnn Unger & class: ] 
Resurrection Lutheran in Cary NC - 7th grade - religion, literature, and language arts - they are screaming because you directed a question to them!
Thursday October 18, 2012 1:19 MaryAnn Unger & class
1:19
Brian Wheeler: 
Hello, MaryAnn and class! Thanks for joining us today! (feel free to scream a little more)
Thursday October 18, 2012 1:19 Brian Wheeler
1:20
[Comment From Barry HarmonBarry Harmon: ] 
The shows I watched, you never attempted a "true" daily double. Too risky?
Thursday October 18, 2012 1:20 Barry Harmon
1:22
[Comment From Stephanie JassStephanie Jass: ] 
Yep. I'm not a big risk taker anyway, but I didn't have a great track record in DDs at home, so I was nervous about wagering big and getting them wrong. I was lucky it wasn't more of an issue! If I had been in second place and in a position to take 1st, I would definitely have wagered bigger. But I not a person who has ever wanted to say "Alex, make it a true Daily Double!" :)
Thursday October 18, 2012 1:22 Stephanie Jass
1:22
[Comment From Robert WeinerRobert Weiner: ] 
Stephanie, Was it just me or did I detect some romantic heat between you and Alex? If so, is Alex Trebek on your "freebie list"?
Thursday October 18, 2012 1:22 Robert Weiner
1:22
Brian Wheeler: 
Sorry. Just had to post that question!
Thursday October 18, 2012 1:22 Brian Wheeler
1:23
[Comment From MLive CommentMLive Comment: ] 
Ken might have first right of refusal - but your smile and personality would outweigh that! Don't sell yourself short on the opportunity.
Thursday October 18, 2012 1:23 MLive Comment
1:23
[Comment From Stephanie JassStephanie Jass: ] 
Robbie, I have that effect on all men, not just Alex. :)
Thursday October 18, 2012 1:23 Stephanie Jass
1:24
[Comment From MaryAnn Unger & classMaryAnn Unger & class: ] 
Do you ever use jeopardy as a learning tool for your college kids? Our teachers here do.
Thursday October 18, 2012 1:24 MaryAnn Unger & class
1:24
[Comment From Mike MillerMike Miller: ] 
How have your students reacted to your success on the show? Was it hard to keep them focused and on topic in classes?
Thursday October 18, 2012 1:24 Mike Miller
1:25
[Comment From Stephanie JassStephanie Jass: ] 
Believe me, if Jeopardy wanted me to work for them in almost any capacity, I'd consider it! (Move over, Sarah from the Clue Crew...)
Thursday October 18, 2012 1:25 Stephanie Jass
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